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The World Below the Brine.

Part of the cluster SEA-DRIFT.


THE world below the brine, Forests at the bottom of the sea, the branches and leaves, Sea-lettuce, vast lichens, strange flowers and seeds, the thick tangle, 
 openings, and pink turf,
  [ begin page 207 ]ppp.00707.215.jpg Different colors, pale gray and green, purple, white, and gold, the  
 play of light through the water,
Dumb swimmers there among the rocks, coral, gluten, grass, rushes, 
 and the aliment of the swimmers,
Sluggish existences grazing there suspended, or slowly crawling  
 close to the bottom,
The sperm-whale at the surface blowing air and spray, or disporting  
 with his flukes,
The leaden-eyed shark, the walrus, the turtle, the hairy sea-leopard, 
 and the sting-ray,
Passions there, wars, pursuits, tribes, sight in those ocean-depths, 
 breathing that thick-breathing air, as so many do,
The change thence to the sight here, and to the subtle air breathed  
 by beings like us who walk this sphere,
The change onward from ours to that of beings who walk other  

Part of the cluster SEA-DRIFT.

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